Helping with car vandals

It has been brought to our attention that cars in the Parkview Estate had been broken into. When such vandalism happens it is often at night or few people actually evidence the crime.

It is possible within the current legislation that people with camera door bells, car video can share evidence of a crime with police. If people do not want to share to police directly, they can do so anonymously via our anonymous crime reporting facility. You do not have to give a name, number or email address. In fact we do not even monitor your IP address. So you are completely anonymously supporting your neighbours.

You can upload camera footage or pictures to us here.

It would be even better if everybody on Parkview Estate, signed up formally for Neighbourhood Watch, as we can notify each other quickly about things.

As Neighbourhood Watch member it is legal to share evidence with the main coordinator whilst it is illegal to share pics or footage with other civilians.

Of course you must always report any crime, car thefts, any other thefts directly to police for your insurance. You must obtain your own crime number.

However, anonymous evidence can be provided by anybody who has it.

To report a crime, which is still in progress always call 999

Become aWatch members, display stickers https://www.ourwatch.org.uk/

To report a crime, which took place already and offenders are no longer on site you can ring 101 or even can report to police directly via their Twitter account, which also allows you to upload pictures. Once you are on the Police Twitter account, press the envelope and you will be able to make a crime report, which will result in a crime number given to you after a short wait.

It is also helpful to have Neighbourhood Watch window stickers in the dwellings on the estate, it is statistically proven that criminals are 13% less likely to commit a crime if window stickers are visible.

Meeting today

Parkview Neighbourhood Watch has a drop in meeting today at the Glasshouse 18. Sept. 2021 between 5-6 pm together with the Tower Hamlets Neighbourhood Watch Association.

We can give you advice on

  • how to report crime and ASB online using your smart phone, tablet or laptop
  • joining Neighbourhood Watch
  • our local SNT Ward Panel

Crime prevention advice

Pick up booklets leaflets on important issues like

  • Investment Scams
  • Phone Scams
  • Cyber Scams
  • Phishing
  • any other things you want to know
One of our meeting displays

Recent crime in Sewardstone Road

The crime statistics for Bethnal Green now show our estate as the main crime hotspot, due to an event that happened in the latter part of Sewardstone Road.

the big red blob, you see in the image, relates directly to this crime.

QR code for anonymous crime reporting

We have put posters into the display boxes around the estate, asking people who have information, pictures but do not want to come forward and tell police to upload this information anonymously, using the QR code on the poster.

Please, if you have any pictures, tell us, we will forward to police. You do not have to give your email or any other information about you.

You can just go to the reporting form and upload anything you know. Please help us keeping our area crime free.

Covid-19 scam warning

Today, we have been alerted to a highly believable scam which starts with a text and advises the user that they are eligible to apply for the vaccine and to click on the link in the text message.  The user is then led to a webpage, which looks very convincing and asks them to complete some details, in order for them to be able to apply for the vaccine.

The details asked for:

  • Name
  • Address
  • Date of birth
  • Proof of address
  • Card payment details

With the recent approval of multiple vaccines in the UK, these types of scam attempts are likely to continue, as fraudsters continue to take advantage of the rollout to some many people.

Please see our article on our website: 

https://www.ourwatch.org.uk/news/fake-text-identifying-you-eligible-covid-19-vaccine

supporting our older generation

There are a number of scams, which are meant to intimitate older persons as they are considered more vulnerable to some scams. Often living more isolated can lead to being more receptive to phone calls and demands made via email or phone.

Do you get emails telling you, that you have to pay extra for TV license, missed deliveries, which need extra payment, offers of money into your bank account? Do you get phone callls that threaten your arrest unless you press a reply button immediately and pay a sum of money?

Do you feel unsafe when going to shops, chemists? We can give tips on how to make every-day chores safer for you.

We would love to invite all members of our community to courses – in small groups – to talk about

  • how scams affect us and how we can put safety nets in place not to fall for them.
  • how to spot scam emails
  • what to do when worried
  • how to shop safer

Please get in touch with Parkview Neighbourhood Watch or the Tenants and Residents Association to arrange sessions that suit you.

New Unity doors

Let me thank all the operatives who work very hard to instal the new doors for all THH tenants and those opting to have them installed.

Whilst I now have first-hand experience of the new door, I must make recommendations to all who also have had them installed or plan to have them installed.

The doors comply with the latest national Firesafety regulations. Please see a data-sheet enclosed.

The doors have a more secure lock and key, the latter looks distinctly different from the previous standard type Yale key.

I would like to recommend that you lock your door with your key each time you leave your dwelling, even for a short time. The door remains open unless it is locked either from the inside or the outside.

The automated closing with the latch will only bring across bolts, but they do not lock the door, even if it sounds like your door is shut, it is not.

If you share your dwelling with others and those remaining inside whilst you leave cannot immediately lock the door from the inside, you are strongly advised to lock the door from the outside every time you leave as – if the person/s remaining inside cannot secure the door when you leave, – the door remains open.

It is similar to a car. You would never leave your car door open. I suppose it would invalidate a home burglary insurance if you failed to lock your door, even for a short while and then somebody enters your dwelling without your permission.

take care when shopping online

Black Friday is coming along and what you need to be aware of is:

  • Be selective where you shop
  • only provide necessary information
  • use secure, protected payment
  • keep your accounts secure
  • beware of unexpected communication

If things go wrong, contact your bank immediately and report the problem to Action Fraud https://www.actionfraud.police.uk or ring them on 0300 123 2040

Community Safety Partnership Plan CSP

Each local Council has a statutory obligation to have a Community Safety Partnership (CSP) which must tackle crime and disorder, substance misuse and reoffending. As part of this, each CSP must develop a plan that addresses these issues in partnership with representatives from the Police, NHS Trusts, Probation and the Community Rehabilitation Company (CRC).

The current CSP plan and priorities expires on March 31st 2021. We are consulting with both professionals and local residents to ensure we develop a new plan that takes into consideration the concerns of local people and changes they would like to see.  

Please let us know by sharing and completing our survey by Friday 27th November 2020.

August crime figures

Crime figures at the moment look good, there are only 2 recorded crimes in the immediate area. Compare this to the larger area. This is most likely due to the recent lock-down. Let’s hope the low crime stays that way.

All should have received the latest leaflet by now if you have not received it, please look on the newsletter page, where there is a copy for downloading.

Best advice for ASB and crime solutions

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“Police have asked anyone who has had a bike stolen in Hackney or Tower Hamlets in the past 6 months…to email CE-MiST@met.police.uk with as much information about the bike as possible. (Make, model, colour and/or serial number, and a picture if available.)”

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